The Taliban ruled Afghanistan, and the food situation was terrible. Joschka Fischer was just 50 years old, Federal Foreign Minister and busy finding humanitarian solutions. Difficult in a closed country with terrorist training camps. “The newborns died like flies and so did the women and mothers, there was a famine every winter,” he says. None of that interested anyone at the time. Not in Germany, not even in the Bundestag. “The CNN Effect was non-existent”.

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